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Gigabit Switch Supports Complex, Data-Heavy Industrial Networking Applications

GarrettCom, Inc. has introduced its first Gigabit-only switch with 16 combo ports for copper and/or fiber ports and optional Layer 3 switching software. The Magnum 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch, with advanced bandwidth capacity, is a workhorse backbone switch. With Layer 3 switching capability, based on high-performance routing using Layer 3 addressing information, the 12KX will more rapidly route large amounts of data in applications using complex networking techniques such as VLANs or multicast routing strategies.

The GarrettCom Magnum 12KX Gigabit Managed Switch can be used in combination with Magnum 10KT Managed Switches and Magnum 10ETS Managed Terminal Servers, both announced earlier this year, to allow network architects to create industrial networks encompassing features such as precision time synchronization, high-availability Layer 2 and Layer 3 devices, serial and Ethernet connectivity, and routing flexibility such as full wire-speed IPV4 Routing Information Protocol (RIP) or Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol.

The Magnum 12KX Switch is substation hardened, able to withstand some of the most grueling industrial environments with high EMI, extended temperature range and significant atmospheric contamination. It has a non-blocking switching fabric to provide wire-speed performance on all ports, has an option to configure four ports for PoE, uses sealed-box convection cooling, and has optional single or dual internal power supplies. The 12KX switch can be synchronized via SNTP or IEEE 1588 v2 precision timing, the latter of which ensures accuracy within 30 ns on all ports. It addresses a variety of applications with environmental certifications including IEC 61850 and RoHS compliancy, and has low voltage DC as well as worldwide AC/DC voltage power input options.

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